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3.25, 160-164 Tier 1 or Tier 3?
« on: November 12, 2008, 08:59:15 PM »
I have lived by the top 100 USNEWS schools to pick where I might go. Can someone please explain to me if there really is that much difference between a Seton Hall(Tier 1) and an average tier 3 school? I see that average starting salaries tend to be higher at tier 1.

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Re: 3.25, 160-164 Tier 1 or Tier 3?
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2008, 11:16:37 PM »
I have lived by the top 100 USNEWS schools to pick where I might go. Can someone please explain to me if there really is that much difference between a Seton Hall(Tier 1) and an average tier 3 school? I see that average starting salaries tend to be higher at tier 1.

That's the reason.

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Re: 3.25, 160-164 Tier 1 or Tier 3?
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2008, 11:05:37 AM »
Seton Hall's starting salaries are misleading due to it being in the NYC area. 

It was a Tier 2 by last years rankings, they just abolished the tier 2 category and called the whole top 100 tier 1. If you are deciding between a 50-100 and a 100-150 school, the specific of the school reputation in the region are far more important than what USNEWS has to say.

Remember, a big part of how USNEWS ranks is based of national reputation. Most Judges/Lawyers aren't familiar with schools outside their region and the top 20-30 schools.
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Re: 3.25, 160-164 Tier 1 or Tier 3?
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2008, 10:44:48 PM »
Thats what I figured. I am from New Jersey so almost all the top 100 schools are well known in my area. I feel that because of the amount of schools in my area the prestige of the law school may play a bigger role in placement success . Do you agree?

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Re: 3.25, 160-164 Tier 1 or Tier 3?
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2008, 12:30:57 AM »
Yes. Of course it depends what kind of law you want to do. For large law firms, it's Columbia/NYU/Fordham or bust.

Other than that, you might want to look closer at the specific programs rather than the overall rankings. If you are not looking at the large law firm route, pay close attention to the debt load. Rutgers might be a much better option for that reason.

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